Late Tuesday night the family of Stephen Hawking announced that the physicist has passed away at the age of 76. Awarded more than a dozen honorary degrees, Hawking theorized that black holes emitted a form of thermal radiation, and contributed to work trying to unify Einsteins theory of relativity with quantum physics.

In 1988 he wrote A Brief History of Time, serving as an overview of astronomy and modern physics, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies, spurring a bio……
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